A New Development Unlike No Other, Residents Journal, July 2016

1st of July 2016

Charles Baker Place is unlike any new development in the area and is an exceptionally rare offering in the heart of Bellevue Village.  Located on Wiseton Road, a stone's throw away from Wandsworth Common, it offers a unique opportunity for an array of potential purchasers.

Comprising of nine family houses varying in size and style, the development includes three four-bedroom Mews Houses, three five-bedroom Contemporary Houses and three three-bedroom Cottage Style Houses.

Developed by Nick Herrtage and Jolyon Prowse, founders of Chester Row, the project has taken four years from planning to completion.  Nick tells me: "Each property is different and has its own personality; it's exactly the kind of development that we love being involved with."

Such is the high quality and finish of Chester Row's work that a project they recently completed in Queen's Gate Place in Kensington was sold to one buyer.  This level of success, combined with local estate agent Rymer Irens who are marketing Charles Baker Place, means that the development has already been well received.  "It was launched in March this year but we have had a lot of interest," Duncan, Partner of Rymer Irens, tells me.

The Mews Houses, starting at £1.7million - which each have their own stamp, although the layout is the same - consist of four bedrooms, with two bathrooms downstairs and the master suite on the top floor.  "This configuration is ideal for families, especially if they have children who are away at school or university as, when at home, they can come and go as they please, without waking up their parents at night (in theory!)", describes Ben, Partner of Rymer Irens.

This new take of an upside down house, with the living area, kitchen and terrace on the middle floor, makes for a social environment and also means that the natural light floods into the living quarters.  The reception room is not only spacious with its original dramatic high ceilings but even the finishing touches have been thought of, and include everything from a gel fire to gather around in the winter to beautifully finished bath and shower rooms.  The master bedroom offers a further wow factor, including a semi indoor/outdoor terrace.  "You can see chimney pots, Trinity Fields and beyond.  It's also a suntrap and so quiet too - you would never know that Bellevue Road was so close," says Ben.

The Mews Houses range in price and all have different offerings: one is located next to the beautiful St Mary's Church, one has a balcony to the front and another looks straight down the gates of the development.  Ben describes: "Buyers want variety; it's this that makes the properties so interesting."

The Contemporary Houses are once again different in style and finish.  Starting at £2.95million and arranged over four floors with five bedrooms and two impressive reception rooms, they offer excellent living and entertaining space.  The interior design - like all of the properties - is exceptional.  "In so many developments, the properties are painted in white or cream, whereas at Charles Baker Place each of the interiors is completely different to reflect the style of each house," says Nick.

Indeed, one of the living rooms in the Contemporary Houses has dark, earthy tones and striking artwork on the walls, yet Ben tells me how potential buyers comment on how light it is.  "The interior design makes the properties stand out," says Nick, before adding, "after all, we're selling a lifestyle."

The Contemporary Houses each have a landscaped garden, including a garden studio and three balconies.  "There is so much outside space and the outlook from each is different, which is a unique selling point," says Ben.  Such is the offering of the properties that Ben has seen a rise in demand from potential buyers from north to south of The River.  "we're getting a lot of interest from those who are currently living in Hampstead or Marylebone as this area seems to appeal highly to them."

The Cottage Style Houses also offer plenty of space for the price, starting from £1.325million.  Featuring three bedrooms and set back from the road behind pretty front gardens, the cottages are quaint and overlook Wiseton Road from the front and the courtyard from the back.  Ben details: "These are ideal for those who wish to downsize and with the main bedroom occupying the top floor, complete with en suite and a beautiful balcony, purchasers don't have to compromise."

With each of the properties being freehold and having its own parking space, the courtyard will also provide a welcome place for buyers to gather in so they can make the absolute most of their new, local community.